Special Vehicles in Kansas
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Kansas Special Vehicle Registration
In Kansas, there are different registration rules for trailers, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), snowmobiles, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, and custom-built or salvaged vehicles. Registration in these cases can get complex, so we've broken down each process.
Remember, it's important to register your special vehicle if required by the state. Failure to do so can result in fines and other penalties.
The Kansas Department of Revenue (DOR) does not require the registration and titling of snowmobiles, car trailers, or ATVs, as they do with other motor vehicles.
Some counties do require local registration for ATVs and snowmobiles, however, so check before you take your vehicle out for a spin. You may even be required to present the ATV in person for a photograph and local registration paperwork completion.
Contact your local county treasurer's office for more information.
Most trailers are exempt from registration. To check if you are required to register your trailer, contact the Kansas Department of Revenue (DOR).
We have all the information you'll need about how to register your recreational vehicle on our RV & Motorhome Registration page, along with the fees, taxes, and other information you may require.
Mopeds, scooters, and other motor-driven cycles must be registered in Kansas.
A vehicle is considered a moped if it has:
- 2 to 3 wheels.
- An automatic transmission.
- Up to 3.5 HP.
- An engine no bigger than 130 cc.
- A top speed of 30 MPH.
When you register your vehicle, the Kansas county treasurer's office will determine its classification and registration eligibility:
- Vehicles that do not meet moped OR safety requirements CANNOT be registered or operated on public roads.
- Vehicles that EXCEED moped restrictions will be classed as motorcycles.
There's a little more work involved in registering a boat in Kansas, as there are certain measurements required, painting to do, stickers to apply, plus other little things to do.
You must register your boat with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) if it is powered by a motor, whether gasoline, diesel, or electric.
If you are in Kansas temporarily, you may operate your boat without registering it in Kansas, as long as it is properly registered out of state. You can use it in Kansas for up to 60 consecutive days before the state requires you to register it.
NOTE: Regardless of where your boat is registered, you must have your Certificate of Number onboard with you at all times.
To register your boat in Kansas, you'll need to either:
Visit one of the following KDWPT offices in person:
Or register your boat by mail, by sending all required documents to:
KDWP Operations Office
512 S.E. 25th Ave.
Pratt, KS 67214
For a list of documents you'll need and for more information about registering your boat, visit our Boat Registration and Licenses in Kansas page.
There's one main rule when you are customizing, redesigning, or building a kit car, and that is keep each and every paper you ever receive regarding the vehicle you are building, repairing, restoring or customizing. The entire process for registering custom cars, salvaged vehicles or any other specialized motor vehicle in which the body and any of the main components were not built together at the factory, or whose vehicle identification numbers (VIN) do not match, will revolve around this paperwork. It's also helpful to take photographs of your work in progress.Other Topics in This Section